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The Gordian Knot of Getting Referral Business
by Tony Vidler        Getting referral business is hard…but oddly enough it is also easy. Lots of advisers say they get all their new business from referral, but when you dig into things it seems that actually they don’t get a lot of referrals. The ones they get are great, but they don’t get loads […]
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How to Position For The Right Referrals
by Tony Vidler        Getting referrals is difficult enough for many, but getting the right referrals is even tougher. It’s always nice to get a referral of course, but it doesn’t help if we do get a referral and it is someone that we just can’t deliver great value to.   So we do want to […]
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Prospecting tip: “Fish at your feet first”
by Tony Vidler A fisherman friend gave me a great prospecting reminder: fish at your feet first. His point was a simple one: why spend a lot of effort casting, and risking throwing your bait, and then having to reel in loads of line until you’ve caught the ones right next to you? Isn’t that […]
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You COULD generate more referrals than you could handle if you use digital well
by Tony Vidler        Regular readers will know that I am a massive fan of using social media and other digital marketing tools and tactics, especially in professional services where we are trying to market our expertise, rather than sell a tangible product.  My reasons are simple: we need to create recognition in our target markets […]
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Help Referrers Really Understand Who You Want To Meet
by Tony Vidler        One of the reasons referrers don’t give us quite the right quality referral most of the time is that we are often very poor at describing the person we work best with when we are having a referral discussion to begin with. It’s our fault; not theirs for the wrong sort […]
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Uncomfortable with Referrals? No problem…there is another way…
by Tony Vidler        Being a firm believer that Word-Of-Mouth marketing is THE most effective form there is, I do bang on about being referable and engaging with the target market…but… REALITY CHECK: Some people just never feel comfortable giving referrals.   In fact there IS a good chance that you will jeopardise your existing […]
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Referrals: You are probably letting hundreds go each year
by Tony Vidler        Why so many professionals struggle to get referral business consistently generally comes down to 2 things:   1.  They don’t position for them 2. They aren’t prepared in advance   Something like one-third to a half of the people we engage with might be prepared to provide referrals – IF we […]
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Word of Mouth prospecting is still where it is at!
by Tony Vidler        Digital marketing and using social media to create an audience and engage with prospective customers is essential for professional services today…BUT…   Word-of-mouth marketing is still where it’s at in professional services.   In fact, it is more important than ever before.   The more impersonal that society becomes and the […]
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Unremarkable Means Un-Referable
by Tony Vidler        Virtually all professional service firms would love to work on referral business alone, but somehow struggle to even get to the point where they have regular referrals from clients that are unsolicited.  They are simply not referable.   The missing ingredient for many service firms is remarkable service.   Customers are […]
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How To Generate Referrals When You Want Them
by Tony Vidler        Referral business is pure gold…it is the Holy Grail for advisers to be running a business where they are only working with referrals.   Most have the problem of having to sit back and wait for clients or centre’s of influence to refer, but you can generate the referrals you want […]
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